This is part two of our interview with Lester Gonzalez, chef at Scottdale's Cowboy Ciao. If you missed the first part of the interview, in which Gonzalez talked about the restaurant's new location at Sky Harbor Airport and his gave his thoughts about Gio Osso of Virtu, you can read it here. Today, h ... More >>
See Also: DEBT IN THE WATER: "ZERO-DOWN " BANKRUPTCY FIRMS COST THEIR CLIENTS PLENTY Now and then in this line of work, you come upon a source so impassioned about his point of view on a volatile subject that you just have to slow him or her down. Such was the case in the early 1990s when a bankr ... More >>
See also: Marianne Belardi Says Goodbye After 15 years See also: Cowboy Ciao Somm Throwdown On Friday, June 29, Peter Kasperski, owner of Cowboy Ciao in Old Town Scottsdale, filed Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona. According to records, he owes $1.1 million to the Arizona De ... More >>
Joe Arpaio just asked his pricey D.C. lawyers at Alston & Bird to intervene in the crappiest racketeering lawsuit ever filed.Just in case you were worried that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas aren't wasting enough money on their jihad against other county officia ... More >>
Last night's storms have prompted a search for a child swept away by floodwaters. The storm was the worst Arizona has seen in 17 years and closed all major highways leading out of Flagstaff. Several hikers were stranded in the wilderness despite Governor Jan Brewer's declaration of a state of ... More >>
The Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey team started training camp on Saturday without coach Wayne Gretzky. While awaiting the decision of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in the sale of the team and team ownership, "The Great One" Gretzky thought it better to "sit back for a few days and evaluate," accordin ... More >>
Uranium mining could resume near the Grand Canyon this year, after the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued an air-quality permit to Denison Mines. The company plans to work the Arizona 1 mine, which hasn't been mined for two decades. Conservationists and Native American groups oppo ... More >>
The Phoenix Coyotes will stay in Glendale -- for now. Yesterday, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled against a proposal to let Blackberry CEO Jim Balsillie buy the team and relocate it to Canada. The NHL hopes for a September 10 auction for bidders who'd like to keep the Coyotes in Glendale...A ... More >>
Unsuspecting consumers are getting ripped off by the hundreds. The Supereme Court is working to stop this unauthorized practice of law.
From the week of April 5, 2001
Federal judge rules Fife Symington must repay millions to pension funds
State files more charges against Arthur Andersen in BFA scandal
Ex-governor Symington seems blissful despite the damning evidence that mounts at his bankruptcy trial. What's up his sleeve?
A New Times Investigation First in a Series
he 80-somethings at retirement home Desert Crest face eviction. But that's just business, says the home's owner--which happens to be an agency of the Roman Catholic church.
It took years, and some luck, to unravel Symington's web of deceit
Dick Berry claims his bankruptcy services are cheaper than an attorney's, and just as effective. While court officials and many customers agree it's a scam conceived by white-collar felons, those who would shut him down are discovering they don't know Dic
Martha Symington's lawyer tells jury of governor's profligacy
Testimony at the governor's criminal trial and a new civil complaint suggest that First Interstate helped Symington dupe other lenders
How Governor Symington misused state resources to further the cross-border business interests of his friends and family.
Nationally known deprogrammer loses bid to discharge $3.4 million civil debt
Scottsdale's Steven McKay is an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter. His legal war with an ex-lover is as melodramatic as any B-movie.
Sealed testimony by Symington's wife shows couple mixed funds; she bailed governor out repeatedly
Tentative pact would seal some records in Symington bankruptcy case
The governor's lawyer explains when it's okay to tell a lender you're worth millions when you're actually broke
Bank gave governor loan write-downs, despite evidence of false financial statements
Symington's conflicting financial statements provide creditors with plenty of ammo
During her 14-year marriage to an auto-parts mogul, Denise Hrudka lived in the lap of luxury. Then her husband stood up.
JAWAD HASHIM CLAIMS HE'S A BANKRUPT VICTIM OF A VENDETTA BY HIS FORMER BOSS--IRAQ'S FEARED PRESIDENT, SADDAM HUSSEIN. A WEALTH OF EVIDENCE SUGGESTS HASHIM'S JUST ANOTHER SCAM ARTIST WHO WOUND UP IN SCOTTSDALE.
JUDGE TAKES A HARD LOOK AT BANKRUPTCY LAW FIRMS THAT CHARGE "ZERO-DOWN"
AS AMERICA WEST GOES, SO GO PHOENIC AND TEMPE? GULP.